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  1. #1
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    Default no sound from the hive?

    I started my first TBH (my first hive of any type) Spring of 2012 on Cape Cod. When I put my ear to the hive I hear no sound at all. Because of the cold, I am hesitant to open the hive to see if there are any bees left. I would appreciate some basic guidance.

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    What you need is a stethoscope, put it up to the hive give it a tap and you should hear some buzzing, if you don.t hear anything it probably died.

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    Two years ago I had a hive i couldn't hear a peep out of for a month, when I went in to take a look in March it had a pretty healthy population and was ready to go. if the bees are clustered tight in the middle of the hive you may not be able to hear them, don't give up hope.

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    I agree with Hawkster,

    My hives typically do not make a warning buzz if someone taps their hive in winter. Might be best to just wait. Do you think they could be critically low on stores?

    Shane

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    We had a pretty warm day in MA last week,(52 in central ma) Did you see any bees out flying?

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    Think of this, if the hive has died, there is nothing that can be done at this time.... Try to wait until a 60 degree day and open the top... That being said, I put my ear to my hives and listen about 1-2 times per winter. So far, out of 12, I have lost 2....

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    Thanks to everyone who offered advice. I tapped and i waited and I watched and finally opened and unfortunately I found a dead hive. I am assuming they lacked sufficient stores of honey as i found only a few patches of honey comb spread out over 3-4 bars. I have ordered a new package. I have several bars with comb that appears to have never been filled and others with brood remains. When I start the new package I am assuming I should give them several of the bars with the clean comb. What about the comb with the brood remains? Will they clean them out? Thanks

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    The bees will clean the comb, I say give them the comb... Just a thought.

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    For anyone else reading (sorry Op...) No need for speculation--just crack open the top and take a quick look in--even if its cold the hive should only be open for 30 seconds.
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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    There is no such thing as a live hive that doesn't make noise when you tap or knock on it, they all buzz, just put your ear tight to the side and listen, if you have hearing problems I can understand maybe not hearing anything, but normally it is fairly easy to hear them. John

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    Default Re: no sound from the hive?

    sorry JMGI i have very good hearing and my experience differs...

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    Big Grin Re: no sound from the hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    There is no such thing as a live hive that doesn't make noise when you tap or knock on it, they all buzz, just put your ear tight to the side and listen, if you have hearing problems I can understand maybe not hearing anything, but normally it is fairly easy to hear them. John
    Perhaps it is a local thing. When my bees are clustered in the winter, they do not make a warning buzz the hive is tapped on. That is just my experience.

    Shane

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